I'm just getting started with loose tea, and it's about time I start looking into storage options. I've done some hunting already, but I've not really found anything that I liked very well. I was hoping that maybe someone here could point me in the right direction.
I want something that will be properly airtight, but not horribly difficult to open. A lot of the tins I've seen are similar to the sample tins I got from Adagio, and I'm not quite happy with them. A couple of them leak fragrance rather badly, and at least one is impossible to open without the help of someone stronger than myself.
I was thinking maybe something with a screw-on lid, or one of those locking gaskets. They'd probably be easier to open, but do they seal sufficiently? Also, where to find them...I've not had much luck. Or, I'd be open to a push-down lidded tin, if someone could vouch that they'll open easily enough.
As to size, I'm a little unsure. Tea is sold by weight, right? Well, generally containers give their size by volume...and I don't know how to convert that. I know it'll vary between teas, but is there a way to guess? Or do I just have to buy the tea and dump it into a measuring cup to get the volume?
I was thinking of getting a couple for 8 oz (by weight) of tea, and a few smaller ones (maybe 4 oz by weight?), too. Not sure if I'd need anything smaller than that...maybe something the size of Adagio's samples.
The tins don't need to be pretty. Honestly, just a solid colored tin that I can stick a label on would be great.
I'd really appreciate any advice you guys can give. Thank you!